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Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By Driftdown
Allan . . . please post some pictures.:)

Allan . . . please post some pictures.:)
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
What is your comparison on landings? Does the...

What is your comparison on landings?
Does the Sling have stiff legs?
The RV-12 seems very forgiving. Would you say the same for the Sling?
What about brake performance? I believe both are equipped...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
The long term support is of upmost...

The long term support is of upmost importance.
Enjoy the build, Tony.
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
Just for clarification . . . did you mean "Sting"...

Just for clarification . . . did you mean "Sting" or "Sling?" They are two entirely different outfits.
Forum: RV-12 04-10-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
Without question, the RV-12 is certainly a fine...

Without question, the RV-12 is certainly a fine little airplane.
That withstanding, I think competition is a good thing for consumers, as well as, the light sport industry in general.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
Those that have built the Sling 2, also, closely,...

Those that have built the Sling 2, also, closely, considered the RV-12. They have reported that the quality of the kit is excellent.
That speaks for itself.

The two airplanes can be compared next...
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
Good report. Thank you.

Good report.
Thank you.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
A closer look at the Sling 2 perhaps . . . you...

A closer look at the Sling 2 perhaps . . . you are aware the Sling 2 can be built and registered as E-AB, right?
Fuel capacity is 39.6 usg, but that doesn't mean you have to fill it up. Figure 20...
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By Driftdown
That's an excellent question. The Sling 2 is...

That's an excellent question.
The Sling 2 is starting to gain traction in North America.
Forum: RV-12 04-02-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,062
Posted By Driftdown
I would like to see Jolly check in on this and...

I would like to see Jolly check in on this and provide some guidance.
I have a similar issue.
Forum: RV-12 03-29-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Driftdown
As per the Rotax Line Maintenance Manual, before...

As per the Rotax Line Maintenance Manual, before actually starting engine, the prop should be turned 20 revolutions.
For 3-blade props, that's means pulling through 60 blades.
For 2-blade props,...
Forum: RV-12 03-28-2018, 11:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By Driftdown
Which "manual" are you referring to? Did you...

Which "manual" are you referring to?
Did you follow the oil change instructions in the Rotax Line Maintenance Manual?
Changing the oil with a cold engine is contrary to those instructions.
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,282
Posted By Driftdown
The only way it's gonna' happen . . . is if we...

The only way it's gonna' happen . . . is if we keep asking for it.
I am trying to get it at X39 (Tampa North).
It has been like pulling teeth.
Worse than the Trump Resistance.:D
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,282
Posted By Driftdown
Sebring, Florida (KSEF) sells Swift...

Sebring, Florida (KSEF) sells Swift (self-service) at $4.25/gal.
Forum: RV-12 01-31-2018, 10:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,672
Posted By Driftdown
And . . . the RANS S-21!

And . . . the RANS S-21!
Forum: RV-12 01-30-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,935
Posted By Driftdown
Pretty little airplane for sure. Not "over done,"...

Pretty little airplane for sure. Not "over done," but just right.
Would like to see a little subtle accent on each wheel fairing though.
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,790
Posted By Driftdown
Those are classic symptoms. Check the obvious...

Those are classic symptoms.
Check the obvious first.
Drop the carb bowls and check for debris at the bottom of the bowls. As you remove each bowl (instructional video on uTube) be careful not to...
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2017, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By Driftdown
The "sweet spot" for the 912 is 5650 at WOT...

The "sweet spot" for the 912 is 5650 at WOT (measured during straight and level flight). That gives you the best combination for climb performance and cruise.
5200 WOT (measured during straight and...
Forum: RV-12 12-05-2017, 08:12 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 17,829
Posted By Driftdown
+1. . . . .

+1. . . . .
Forum: RV-12 11-05-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,270
Posted By Driftdown
Rotax video on oil filter anomaly

https://youtu.be/HtW5KmfCtlU
Forum: RV-12 10-25-2017, 11:51 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 17,829
Posted By Driftdown
+1 . . . .

+1 . . . .
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2017, 08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,350
Posted By Driftdown
Excellent suggestion.

Excellent suggestion.
Forum: RV-12 10-12-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 17,829
Posted By Driftdown
Jim, That looks like a winner to me. Thanks for...

Jim,

That looks like a winner to me.
Thanks for the pics and sharing.
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 17,829
Posted By Driftdown
Thank you for the informative response.

Thank you for the informative response.
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 17,829
Posted By Driftdown
If that's the case, then why doesn't echoUAT feed...

If that's the case, then why doesn't echoUAT feed Dynon Skyview displays with weather and traffic?:(
Forum: RV-12 10-04-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,260
Posted By Driftdown
Concur with everyone here Don . . . don't give up...

Concur with everyone here Don . . . don't give up on it.
Unless your heart just isn't into it anymore, you have too much invested, just to let it go. And I'm not talking about money, I talking about...
Forum: ADS-B 09-22-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,206
Posted By Driftdown
Anybody have any follow-up reports on the...

Anybody have any follow-up reports on the performance of the Echo UAT unit?
Any dissatisfaction?
Forum: RV-12 09-21-2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,825
Posted By Driftdown
That's still a little course (over...

That's still a little course (over pitched).
Ideal WOT RPM, at your preferred cruise altitude, during straight and level flight, should be about 5650. That will also give you a little more RPM for...
Forum: RV-12 08-30-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 26,999
Posted By Driftdown
That's a very measured and level-headed...

That's a very measured and level-headed response.
For me, it's a "no brainer," regardless of where you operate out of.
"Cheap insurance?" All should ask themselves, what is one life worth?
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,818
Posted By Driftdown
Did that fix it?

Did that fix it?
Forum: RV-12 08-16-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,242
Posted By Driftdown
Concur with that. My k-factor settings are very...

Concur with that.
My k-factor settings are very close to yours. My 2nd setting is also at 68000. Dynon says it doesn't matter what the 2nd one is set to, because it is ignored by Skyview, since a...
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,972
Posted By Driftdown
I also really like the pattern. It is not real...

I also really like the pattern. It is not real "busy."
I hope they offer it in an assortment of attractive color combinations.
Only time will tell.
Forum: RV-12 08-14-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,972
Posted By Driftdown
S-LSA RV-12's come from a custom motorcycle paint...

S-LSA RV-12's come from a custom motorcycle paint shop.
Forum: RV-12 08-06-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,885
Posted By Driftdown
I am sure most owners know about this, but for...

I am sure most owners know about this, but for the benefit of those that don't, there is a good video on Rotax Carburetor Synchronization. It walks you through the whole carb sync routine, starting...
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,678
Posted By Driftdown
While flying military aircraft, I encountered...

While flying military aircraft, I encountered that several times.
Hard to comprehend, but for some aircraft, the concept is true.
The thing that suffers is fuel endurance and probably engine life.
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,910
Posted By Driftdown
No. That withstanding, the RV-12 must be properly...

No.
That withstanding, the RV-12 must be properly instrumented and equipped for the instrument training flight.
Forum: RV-12 08-05-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,910
Posted By Driftdown
This is the FAA's stance, at least for type...

This is the FAA's stance, at least for type certified aircraft that are not approved for IFR flight.

ORDER 8900.1, Volume 5.

5-439 USE OF AIRCRAFT NOT APPROVED FOR IFR OPERATIONS UNDER ITS TYPE...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,910
Posted By Driftdown
Where does it regulatorily mandate that? If...

Where does it regulatorily mandate that?

If conditions are absolutey VFR, there is no reason all those clearances will not be complied with.
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,910
Posted By Driftdown
How about this instead, "we are canceling IFR and...

How about this instead, "we are canceling IFR and proceding visually."
Reason for canceling IFR is optionally up to the pilot.

ATC will probably ask, "okay, radar service terminated, squawk VFR,...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,910
Posted By Driftdown
The operative term is "conditions." Nobody is...

The operative term is "conditions."

Nobody is questioning the prohibition of operating under "IFR conditions."

The real question is, "under VFR conditions, can an LSA be operated on an IFR flight...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,151
Posted By Driftdown
No disrespect here at all, but the South...

No disrespect here at all, but the South Vietnamese pilot's I trained (early 70's), used 2x4 blocks and rubber bands. They never had any complaints at all. Far as I can remember, that solution worked...
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,834
Posted By Driftdown
If you alter an RV-12 with a constant speed prop,...

If you alter an RV-12 with a constant speed prop, in the USA, wouldn't that take the airplane out of the LSA category, as per FAR's?
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,350
Posted By Driftdown
In that regard, I don't think it is much...

In that regard, I don't think it is much different than any other LSA.
Due to the light wing loading, it is "just the nature of the animal.":)
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By Driftdown
Check both ends of the respective oil return...

Check both ends of the respective oil return tube. You may have to use an inspection mirror, especially on the outboard end of the tube. They are sealed with rubber "O" rings.
Forum: RV-12 07-30-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,705
Posted By Driftdown
IMHO, the hardest approach yet, is a well flown...

IMHO, the hardest approach yet, is a well flown visual, without electronic guidance and neither VASI or PAPI.
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,224
Posted By Driftdown
Excellent report Scott, thank you.:)

Excellent report Scott, thank you.:)
Forum: RV-12 07-27-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 19,864
Posted By Driftdown
Good for you Dave. I would do the same thing if I...

Good for you Dave. I would do the same thing if I were in your position.
IMHO, the new deal maker is the new engine, fuel tank and reworked landing gear support structure.
Good luck selling your...
Forum: RV-12 07-26-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,972
Posted By Driftdown
Interesting. Thank you for posting that video.:)

Interesting.
Thank you for posting that video.:)
Forum: RV-12 07-22-2017, 08:45 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 19,864
Posted By Driftdown
Scott, In the Van's RV-12is advertising, it says...

Scott,

In the Van's RV-12is advertising, it says the new engine cowl is easier to remove and install. How so?
It appears the piano hinge is still used, so how is removal and install any different...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2017, 07:09 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,484
Posted By Driftdown
. . . . +1

. . . . +1
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,484
Posted By Driftdown
Thank you. Recalc in progress! . . . . . . . ....

Thank you.
Recalc in progress!

. . . . . . . .

New numbers . . .

Unofficially, I calculate approximately 55 more minutes of fuel endurance for the 912is RV-12. That's figuring old tank capacity...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,484
Posted By Driftdown
Thanks Scott. Unofficially, I calculate...

Thanks Scott.

Unofficially, I calculate approximately 50 more minutes of fuel endurance for the 912is RV-12. That's figuring both tanks have a capacity of 20.2 gallons.
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,484
Posted By Driftdown
Does anybody know what the fuel capacity is for...

Does anybody know what the fuel capacity is for the redesigned fuel tank?
Forum: RV-12 07-17-2017, 11:50 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,484
Posted By Driftdown
That is outstanding! That will give the RV-12...

That is outstanding!
That will give the RV-12 more endurance and more range, assuming the fuel capacity remains the same.
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,350
Posted By Driftdown
Steve, What is your take on the Ran's S-21 with...

Steve,

What is your take on the Ran's S-21 with the Titan engine?
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,636
Posted By Driftdown
Excellent advice. Thanks Scott.

Excellent advice.
Thanks Scott.
Forum: RV-12 06-14-2017, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,107
Posted By Driftdown
All good stuff Jolly. And thanks for sharing your...

All good stuff Jolly.
And thanks for sharing your experience on flying light sport airplanes.
Your explanation on airspeed/pitch and altitude-GS/power makes a lot of sense and works for many of...
Forum: RV-12 06-12-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,979
Posted By Driftdown
That is very good advice and I whole heartedly...

That is very good advice and I whole heartedly endorse it.
Forum: RV-12 06-11-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,718
Posted By Driftdown
I just read on their website, they balance all...

I just read on their website, they balance all nose, new and retread tires within -0- tolerance. This is accomplished with internal balance pads.
Forum: RV-12 06-11-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,718
Posted By Driftdown
How was the balance on those before adding the...

How was the balance on those before adding the weights?
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,414
Posted By Driftdown
x2 . . . . . .

x2 . . . . . .
Forum: RV-12 06-07-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,635
Posted By Driftdown
Any photos of it?

Any photos of it?
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